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David Krumholtz explains how it all adds up -- The ''Numb3rs'' star talks about his sub-par math skills and what's wrong with the show's title

Divide John Nash in half, multiply his wit, and add a huge dose of sex appeal. The total: David Krumholtz's brilliant mathematician Charlie Eppes on the CBS drama Numb3rs (Fridays, 10 p.m. EST).

Are you a math nerd at heart? I almost got left back in high school because of math. I failed algebra two times. I was the cantankerous kid in back of class protesting ''You never use math in real life!'' Now, I'm totally screwed.

But you have a chance to make brains sexy. I guess so. Hey, if I can do it, I'm sure they'd be happy with that.

Are you already replacing the letter E with the number 3? Isn't that annoying? I think it should be the mathematical symbol for sigma, which looks like an E. I've been fighting that for weeks.

Care to compute this show's chances for continued success? There's something called Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, which states [in part] that active observation will ultimately affect that which is being observed. It's uncertain how this show will change TV. But the first person to recognize me off of it was a grandmother who told me she showed Numb3rs to her grandson so he would take an interest in math. That's the good soul behind our show.

Originally posted Feb 14, 2005 Published in issue #807 Feb 18, 2005 Order article reprints
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